About the Knights of Columbus

Who are the Knights of Columbus

Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s Church in New Haven and some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature on March 29, 1882, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society. The Order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.

The Knights was formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families. Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.

The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 13,000 councils and 1.7 million members throughout the United States, Canada, the Philippines, Mexico, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.

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Who can Join?

If you are a practical Catholic man, age 18 or older, we welcome you to join the leading organization of Catholic laymen. For more information about how to join our Council please contact us today.

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Council Information

The Knights of Columbus Council #6514 holds it’s meetings at St. Joseph Catholic Church and has a membership made up of practical Catholic men from both St. Joseph Parish as well as the UGA Catholic Center in Athens, GA. The Grand Knight for the 2011-2012 Columbian Year is John Steffl.

Council Meetings

Knights Business Meetings:
Second Wednesdays 7:00 St.Joseph Parish Hall
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Squire Meetings:
TBD location

Council Background

Decon William P. Lakin Council was founded through the efforts of it’s namesake Deacon William P. Lakin. The Council consists of members from St. Joseph Parish and the UGA Catholic center. Members work closely with the Athens community, providing funds for various projects, and charities with members also being active participants in their parish and the local catholic schools.

2013-2014 Officers

Grand Knight: Paul Montello

Chaplain: Fr. David McGuinness

Deputy Grand Knight: Bill Bast

Chancellor: Milton Lopes

Recorder: Ray Makowski

Financial Secretary: Robert Boehnlein

Treasurer: Richard Wallace

Warden: Tim Paulishen

Inside Guard: Joe Aguilera

Outside Guard: Kurt Boehn

Lecturer: Ray Broussard

Advocate: Howard Sligh



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